Mount Saint Vincent vs. Alvernia
February 28, 2009
The Game Story:
Yonkers, N.Y. – The College of Mount Saint Vincent Men’s Lacrosse team was dealt a 10-6 loss to Alvernia on Saturday afternoon in its season opener. Sophomore Mike Shea (Congers, N.Y.) scored three times in the game, while freshman Rowan Frederick (Brooklyn, N.Y) netted a pair of goals and added an assist.

Alvernia got on the board first in the contest when Tom Casper tallied an unassisted goal at the 11:33 mark of the opening quarter. The Dolphins knotted the score with 6:51 left in the frame when Frederick scored his first career goal to draw the Mount even. The Crusaders would score the next three goals of the contest and hold the Dolphins scoreless until just 18 seconds remained in the second quarter when Shea found the back of the net to cut the deficit to 4-2 heading into the half.

Shea opened the scoring in the third quarter and got the Mount to within 4-3 just under five minutes into the period, but the Crusaders would pull away scoring the next four goals of the game and six of the last nine overall to earn their first win of the season.

Chris Baker led Alvernia with four goals and Jon Lozoskie netted three for the Crusaders. Drew Giberson, Dan Hoffstetter and Benjamin Stidham all posted two assists in the game and Nick Wingate added seven groundballs. Hoffstetter won 12 face-offs for the Crusaders and goalie Eric Jones made 10 stops.

Shea led the Mount with his three markers as the Dolphins had just four players find the score sheet. Ryan O’Dougherty (Morristown, N.J.) added the other Mount Saint Vincent goal and Cavan Valance (Glen Cove, N.Y.) added an assist.

Mike Nuzzi (Westbury, N.Y.) played a strong game in the cage for the Dolphins as he made 19 saves and picked up a team-high eight groundballs.

Overall in the game Alvernia outshot the Mount 44-23 and picked up 52 groundballs to just 37 for the Dolphins. The Crusaders dominated face-offs on Saturday, winning 14 of the 18 draws in the contest.

The loss moves Mount Saint Vincent to 0-1 overall on the season. The Dolphins will be back in action again on March 7 when they host Wells. Face-off at Purchase is set for 6:30 p.m.